A warm breeze in November is a siren song that calls for one last float trip before winter.
Bob Ross of Rogers sported a pair of red shorts while sliding his canoe into the Elk River in southwest Missouri on a warm and sunny Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. The Elk promised a fall foliage float, with smallmouth fishing to boot, on this clear, beautiful stream.
This was the Elk River, all right, but not where most paddlers float. Most ply the river in the Pineville, Mo., area, but we were far downstream on the lower end of the river, about 10 miles west of Noel, Mo., almost in Oklahoma.
The game plan was to meet Larry Doyle, owner of Cowskin Canoe Rental, at the river. He piled into the pickup and directed us to a piece of private property he leases three miles upstream from the Cowskin public access at the Missouri 43 bridge. Doyle would drive…